Monday, November 24, 2008

Creative Living

Tonight I dipped into my new stash of library books and read Amanda Blake Soule's book The Creative Family. Soule writes a blog that I've been following, which is how I discovered her book. She is absolutely inspiring. Incredibly creative, mindful, reflective and insightful, inventive, and real. I read straight through the entire book furiously jotting down quotes, reflections, projects, resources, and came straight here to blog about it. Each section of the book opens with a motivating or inspiring quote. Here are a few that really spoke to me:
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
- Albert Einstein

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things."
- Plato

"Every child is an artist. The problems is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso
Soule, herself, is author to some very inspiring words as well. Reading The Creative Family, I felt I was reading part art book, part parenting book, part "green living" book, and part meditation book. Here are some of her gems:
"A large part of nurturing a spirit of creativity comes from being mindful, slowing down, observings, and looking around you at the beauty and inspiration all around. We are blessed as parents to have the best teachers for this - our children." (p. 5)
"Think about letting your child be the guide, director, and teacher, while you try to be the student. Your role is to provide the environment and to watch and learn." (p. 13)
"Practice gratitude - when we feel grateful, we feel full - full of love, full of inspiration, full of ideas, and full of creative spirit." (p. 15)
"Living the creative life is made all the more fulfilling and rewarding when we are creating with, for, or because of others." (p. 191)
Beautiful, no? I am really looking forward to attempting some of her projects and ideas with J this winter. I think they will be excellent learning opportunities as well as creative experiences. And many of the finished products would make excellent gifts.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Love Soule Mama, it is one of my daily reads, and such great photographs.

Love your blog too! It has been so neat to discover so many other CML bloggers out there!